The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued an update on the island’s red eye outbreak.
Red eye or conjunctivitis is an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva. The most common symptoms of red eye include redness, watery or mucous discharge, and a burning, sandy, or gritty feeling in the eye.
Medical Officer within the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Sharon Belmar George, said there have been significant increases in the numbers of those suffering from the affliction especially along the South Western belt of the island, and the ministry is working tirelessly to get the disease under control.
“Thus far we have instituted some measures to control the outbreak. These include but are not limited to the set-up of red eye clinics at wellness centres around the island, that will help reduce the risk of contamination between patients,” Dr George said. “We have also increased infection prevention and control measures at public health facilities, and procured and distributed various drugs and medication for the management of the condition at those facilities, and we have provided both public and private health institutions on the care and management of the disease.”
Dr George also advised on measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
“We continue to receive calls from private sector organisations in terms of the sanitary measures that they need to put in place and also their concerns in terms of clients accessing services at this point. We are asking the public to reduce access to services where many people may be gathered, and reduce attendance at mass crowd events, which can lead to a further spread of the disease.”
The Ministry of Health also advised the public to implement proper sanitary measures in their daily routine in order to protect themselves and their families.